RGGI Program Review & Proposed Amendments

Description of 2018 Amendments to RGGI

Proposed Changes

In a move that will accelerate state and regional efforts to combat climate change while continuing to grow the economy, Massachusetts joined with eight other Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) on August 23, 2017, to announce a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions beyond 2020.  As the result of extensive RGGI program review conducted by the states over the last 18 months, the proposal calls for an additional 30 percent cap reduction between 2021 and 2030, relative to the RGGI 2020 levels.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING


The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER), acting under the statutory authority of G.L. c. 25A, §§ 6 and 13, G.L. c. 21A, §22, and in conformance with G.L. c. 30A, is holding public hearings on proposed amendments to 225 CMR 13.00, the DOER CO2 Budget Trading Program Auction Regulation. DOER is proposing these amendments concurrent with MassDEP’s proposed revisions to 310 CMR 7.70: CO2 Budget Trading Program. Together, these proposed amendments implement the changes announced by Governor Baker on August 23, 2017, to revise the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) program by reducing the regional cap and implementing programmatic changes, including the auction process, consistent with a model rule developed by the nine RGGI states. The overall changes to the RGGI program will cause real reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and, in accordance with the Green Communities Act, the economic proceeds will be invested in programs to promote energy efficiency, conservation and demand response.

Public hearings on these proposed changes are listed below as well as the revised version of 225 CMR 13.00

Hearing Date Location Time
May 30, 2018

MassDEP Headquarters,

One Winter St., 2nd Flr.

Boston, MA 02108

11:00AM
May 30, 2018

Springfield Central Library,

Community Room,

220 State St.

Springfield, MA 01103

6:00PM
May 31, 2018

MassDEP Central Regional Office, Assabet Room

8 New Bond St.

Worcester, MA 01602

11:00AM
May 31, 2018

MassDEP Southeast Regional Office

20 Riverside Dr.

Lakeville, MA 02347

6:00PM

 

Additional Resources for Proposed Changes

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